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Belgian Government, Parliament, Colleges Hit by Cyberattack
2021-05-05 02:16

The company providing internet services for Belgium's parliament, government agencies, universities and scientific institutions said Tuesday that its network was under cyberattack, with connections to several customers disrupted. Belnet said in a statement the attack "Is still in progress and takes place in successive waves. Our teams are working hard to mitigate them." The company has around 200 customers.

Belgian police seize 28 tons of cocaine after 'cracking' Sky ECC's chat app encryption
2021-04-08 10:39

The Belgian plod says it seized 27.64 tons of cocaine worth €1.4bn from shipments into Antwerp in the past six weeks after defeating the encryption in the Sky ECC chat app to read drug smugglers' messages. "During a judicial investigation into a potential service criminal organization suspected of knowingly providing encrypted telephones to the criminal environment, police specialists managed to crack the encrypted messages from Sky ECC," the Belgian police claimed, CNN reports.

Belgian cops crack down on encrypted phone network Sky ECC in 200 overnight raids as firm denies criminal ties
2021-03-10 14:48

A series of police raids in Belgium have resulted in the apparent shutdown of the Sky ECC encrypted mobile phone network. As the second major encrypted phone network to be shut down by police in Europe, Sky ECC's seeming downfall has parallels with the Encrochat story, where French and Dutch police man-in-the-middle'd the encrypted phone network on suspicion it was being used mainly by organised criminals.

Free coffee! Belgian researcher hacks prepaid vending machines
2021-02-04 15:27

Simply put, Vanhoof relied on the fact that many older Nespresso setups rely on what's known as a stored-value wireless payment card, something that's similar to but importantly different from a modern credit card. Wireless in this case means that the card uses NFC, short for Near Field Communication, the same underlying technology that's used by credit cards, many modern door security cards and almost all passports issued in the past 10 years.

UK, French, Belgian blanket spying systems ruled illegal by Europe’s top court
2020-10-07 06:54

Mass surveillance programs run by the UK, French and Belgian governments are illegal, Europe's top court has decided in a huge win for privacy advocates. The European Court of Justice announced on Tuesday that legislation passed by all three countries that allows the government to demand traffic and location data from internet and mobile providers in "a general or indiscriminate way" breaks EU data privacy laws - even when national security concerns are invoked.

Belgian city slurps mobile data to track visitors
2019-10-31 11:52

Local regulator says it hasn't approved scheme. Meanwhile, Spain up to similar tricks Updated The Belgian city of Kortrijk in West Flanders is using data provided by a mobile phone company to...

Belgian city slurps mobile data to track visitors – report
2019-10-31 11:52

Local regulator says it hasn't approved scheme. Meanwhile, Spain up to similar tricks The Belgian city of Kortrijk in West Flanders is reportedly using data provided by a mobile phone company to...

Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection
2019-09-19 12:07

Two-seat jet crashed in France A Belgian F-16 fighter jet pilot has been rescued from a power line after getting into difficulties and ejecting from his stricken aircraft.…

Ransomware disrupts worldwide production for Belgian aircraft parts maker
2019-06-13 09:30

ASCO Industries, a manufacturer of aerospace components with headquarters in Zaventem, Belgium, has been hit with ransomware, which ended up disrupting its production around the world. The attack...

Belgian programmer solves cryptographic puzzle – 15 years too soon!
2019-05-03 18:04

Belgian coder Bernard Fabrot just finished a 3.5-year computational marathon, solving a fascinating cryptopuzzle set at MIT back in 1999.